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PolitiFact reader reaction to 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

"Although I'm a supporter of the new health care law, it's clear the president attempted to retroactively adjust what he in fact had said. That many lost their insurance was no surprise to me. Why? Because of the good work performed by PolitiFact; I knew what he was saying was only Half True."
"As a Dem, I must admit that Obama is the obvious winner. Source: I received a cancellation letter."
The winner "should be the one that was repeated long after it's known to be not true. Therefore, I reluctantly vote for President Obama's gross oversimplification. For those of us covered by the intersecting whims of employer-provided health insurance, it has never been true that if you like your health insurance, you will get to keep it."
"I think national health provisions were a long time coming, and I supported it through my vote in the 2012 election, but Obama's statement about the health care overhaul turned out to be a big lie — and a big shot to the gut."
"You cannot have any lie greater than the president of the United States deliberately lying to the American people to get what he wants. And the fact that he continued to repeat it and repeat it and repeat it in the face of the truth was obvious and clearly demonstrated."
"I voted for 'If you like your health care you can keep it' because it was made by someone we should be able to trust as president and the fact that it was maintained in the face of so many contradictory statements in the video record. It has a certain Orwellian quality."
"Obama's repeated lie about the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) should win because of how big of an impact it's having on people. It was one of the reasons I voted for him the first time, and among a mountain of reasons I no longer support him."
"What he should have said was 'We didn't think then that people would want to keep crappy insurance or that insurance companies would do mass cancellations of policies they could have renewed but not sold to customers.' "
"I'm a Democrat. I voted for Obama twice. I supported the (Affordable Care Act). But saying 'If you like your health care, you can keep it,' and then trying to undo that lie with another lie, is egregiously stupid and insulting and deceitful. The pair, unfortunately, are definitely lies of the year."
"By lying about a fundamental aspect of the health care law, a massive piece of legislation and a re-election was achieved. This lie was so impactful to every citizen that it deserves the dubious honor of the biggest, fattest, gnarliest lie of 2013."
"The other nominees were doozies, but Obama gets the nod this year. Let's hope that PolitiFact and other fact-checkers encourage our lawmakers and pundits to hold themselves to a higher standard in the coming year."
"We now have proof that when the president said that, he knew it was false. Pants gone, boxers now aflame."
"If you like your apology, you can keep it!"
"Although I'm a supporter of the new health care law, it's clear the president attempted to retroactively adjust what he in fact had said. That many lost their insurance was no surprise to me. Why? Because of the good work performed by PolitiFact; I knew what he was saying was only Half True."
"As a Dem, I must admit that Obama is the obvious winner. Source: I received a cancellation letter."
The winner "should be the one that was repeated long after it's known to be not true. Therefore, I reluctantly vote for President Obama's gross oversimplification. For those of us covered by the intersecting whims of employer-provided health insurance, it has never been true that if you like your health insurance, you will get to keep it."
"I think national health provisions were a long time coming, and I supported it through my vote in the 2012 election, but Obama's statement about the health care overhaul turned out to be a big lie — and a big shot to the gut."
"You cannot have any lie greater than the president of the United States deliberately lying to the American people to get what he wants. And the fact that he continued to repeat it and repeat it and repeat it in the face of the truth was obvious and clearly demonstrated."
"I voted for 'If you like your health care you can keep it' because it was made by someone we should be able to trust as president and the fact that it was maintained in the face of so many contradictory statements in the video record. It has a certain Orwellian quality."
"Obama's repeated lie about the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) should win because of how big of an impact it's having on people. It was one of the reasons I voted for him the first time, and among a mountain of reasons I no longer support him."
"What he should have said was 'We didn't think then that people would want to keep crappy insurance or that insurance companies would do mass cancellations of policies they could have renewed but not sold to customers.' "
"I'm a Democrat. I voted for Obama twice. I supported the (Affordable Care Act). But saying 'If you like your health care, you can keep it,' and then trying to undo that lie with another lie, is egregiously stupid and insulting and deceitful. The pair, unfortunately, are definitely lies of the year."
"By lying about a fundamental aspect of the health care law, a massive piece of legislation and a re-election was achieved. This lie was so impactful to every citizen that it deserves the dubious honor of the biggest, fattest, gnarliest lie of 2013."
"The other nominees were doozies, but Obama gets the nod this year. Let's hope that PolitiFact and other fact-checkers encourage our lawmakers and pundits to hold themselves to a higher standard in the coming year."
"We now have proof that when the president said that, he knew it was false. Pants gone, boxers now aflame."
"If you like your apology, you can keep it!"

PolitiFact reader reaction to 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it' 12/12/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 13, 2013 8:11am]
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